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're learning about the attack tonight as well as other late developments out of benghazi. a large pro-democracy march on the headquarters of an extremist islamic group in benghazi. first, the breaking news about how the two former s.e.a.l.s perished and how far they went to save other american lives. joining us now to flesh out her exclusive reporting, cnn contributor and former homeland security advisor, fran townsend. fran currently serves on the cia external advisory committee and recently visited libya with her employer, mcandrews forbes. also with us, arwa damon, who has been breaking news all week for us from benghazi. so fran, what have we learned about these two navy s.e.a.l.s? initially a former s.e.a.l.s, it was thought they were there to protect the ambassador. that's not the case. >> that's not the case, anderson. they are part of this protective security contractor force. these two contractors -- the contractors generally are recruited from elite special forces because of their training and experience. in the case of doherty, he had served in iraq and afghanistan. these w
that they and not extremists represent the real sentiments of libyan people. >> now to benghazi, libya, where our senior correspondent has more on those pro-democracy demonstrators. >> reporter: well, randi, this is probably one of the few countries where we are seeing mass demonstrations, not just in support of the united states but more condemning the attack that took place on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. people take together streets yesterday in the thousands, demanding democracy, but more importantly demanding an end to these extremist militias whom people and the government here say were in fact behind the attack that took ambassador stevens' life and the life of three other americans. what happened is that at night on friday hundreds of these pro-democracy demonstrators began taking the situation into their own hands and storming various headquarters of known extremist militias in the city of benghazi, including the headquarters of the militia known as ansar al sharia, and if you'll remember the libyan government has said it has detained individuals who are part of ansar al sharia, an associati
is on the ground in benghazi. >> reporter: there was an initial sense of euphoria. people saying that this is the real libya, cleansed of extremists by its own people. but the situation quickly turned sinister. >> yeah, yeah, be careful. >> down the road there -- >> yeah, yeah. >> over here on the left-hand side. >> there is gunfire at a second location. this is the second location. just on the other side of this wall is the second location that we are told is being struck tonight. but contrary to what we witnessed at the first place, here, there seems to be something of a gun battle going on. we are hearing sporadic gunfire as well as other small explosions. the location is actually the headquarters of a battalion backed by the government. government officials came out on tv trying to urge for calm and tell people that this is not an extremist militia, but it seems few were listening. and this here is where the situation in libya gets incredibly murky. the compound that we're hearing the gunfire surrounding is battalion headquarters. her a part of the february 17th brigade that
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